Alasdair Gold says some people are worried Spurs-linked defender is too short

Alasdair Gold has revealed that many experts he has spoken to have doubts over whether Lloyd Kelly has the size to be a top Premier League centre-back.

Among the various centre-backs that Tottenham have been linked with over the past couple of months, no name has appeared more often than Kelly’s.

Many different outlets have backed the Lilywhites to reignite their interest in the Cherries star after failing to get a deal for him over the line in the dying stages of the summer transfer window (GiveMeSport).

While the 25-year-old is also thought to be on the radars of several clubs in the Premier League and Serie A, it has been asserted over recent weeks that Tottenham remain at the front of the queue for the player’s signature (TEAMtalk).

However, Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola confirmed on the south coast club’s official website on Friday that Kelly is expected to be out of action for several weeks after picking up a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if that affects Spurs’ pursuit of the player.

Lloyd Kelly
(Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Is Lloyd Kelly tall enough to play in Spurs back line?

Gold has now pointed to another potential concern about the defender, revealing that many see him as being better suited to the left-back role, owing to his lack of height.

The journalist said on the Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham Podcast: “I’m interested to see if they go back for Lloyd Kelly or not, but he’s featured quite regularly for Bournemouth. 

“I’ve had some people I’ve spoken to have a few concerns about his height and if he will remain a centre-back for the long-term, he plays as a left-back sometimes as well as a centre-back.”

Spurs Web Opinion

At 178 centimetres, Kelly is certainly not the biggest of centre-backs going around but he is only 3 cms shorter than Ben Davies. The fact that Tottenham have explored a deal for the 25-year-old means that Postecoglou does not think that would be too much of an issue.

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